We briefly hit Mission Beach, CA, and the only reason it was brief resulted from the throng of humanity in the town. Sandy got to view the beautiful beach as I tended the rental car. We then journeyed to La Jolla in order to see its lovely cliffside homes with magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean. Attached are several pictures of homes from that town.
After fighting our way through Southern California traffic gridlock (on a Saturday no less), we arrived at the Mission San Juan Capistrano in the town of the same name (minus the word Mission). This mission was established by Father Junipero Serra (now a Catholic saint) in November 1776 and was one of nine missions he directly established. You'll see pictures of the ruins of the Great Stone Church, circa 1806, a statue of Father Serra and a Native American boy, a model of the original mission, and the altar area of the chapel, circa 1782. Somewhat a surprise Abraham Lincoln played a role in the history of the Mission. In March 1865, he signed a Patent of Title guaranteeing ownership of the Mission to the Catholic Church. This actually followed lengthy litigation following the Compromise of 1850 (allowing California to enter the Union as a Free State) and the Land Act of 1851.
Our last stop for today is the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. We are staying in the Windsor Suite, no joke, where the former Duke of Windsor (former King of England) and Wallace Simpson stayed. Pictures of the suite are attached. Also included is a picture of the First Class shopping area. On this ship, First Class cabins and suites are located in the middle of the ship, with Second and Third Class cabins in the stern and bow respectively. This ensured the First Class passengers did not endure too tossing and turning. Winston Churchill travelled on the ship several times during WW II, and movie stars like Loretta Young, Laurel & Hardy, Fred Astaire, and the like also frequented the boat.
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